Thursday, December 31, 2009

Just for fun

a comic strip!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Video

Phoebe laughing.



Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Photo post


This is her Zoolander impression.













A little smile after her bath. She's still not a fan of bathing, but at least she didn't scream this time.


I'm a huge fan of icanhascheezburger, especially the "invisible" pictures. Go there, you'll see what I mean. I give you...Invisible Lollipop.




Monday, December 14, 2009

Month One

Whew! We made it through. It wasn't bad. Not as bad as people told me it would be. There weren't countless nights spent rocking a screaming baby. There isn't any colic or other health problems (knock on wood) to deal with. All in all it's been great. We're all learning a lot about each other. I definitely learned that all those years of insomnia have paid off. :D I get slightly more sleep now than I did before I was pregnant. I also have learned that I'm eating my words. I swore I would never give her a pacifier. That lasted all of one day. She has such a tremendous sucking reflex that she was sucking her hands and arms until she had hickies! So, she gets a binki. I also swore the baby wouldn't sleep with me. She does. I can't bear to have her far away. I'm terrified that she will stop breathing. I have managed to put her in the bassinet right next to the bed. She doesn't spend the whole night in it, after the middle of the night feeding she stays in bed with me. Dh doesn't like it, he's afraid he'll roll on her. But I just can't quite explain to him how I feel. He doesn't understand our need to touch each other. She is still in that stage where she needs to touch mommy to feel safe.

We are getting used to the carrier. I have one called The Ultimate Baby Wrap. It's kind of strange to put on at first, but gets easier with practice. She doesn't like it at all, that's why we're practicing with it a little every day. I need to be able to do a little housework occasionally. ;)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Settling in

That's what we're doing. Phoebe is 3 weeks old now. It's going by way too fast. I'm learning what her noises mean. She makes noises all the time, even in her sleep. I'm pretty sure she will talk in her sleep, DH and I both talk in our sleep. We think it is funny to carry on conversations with the sleep talker, some very strange conversations happen that way.

I want to snuggle her all the time. I don't ever want to put her down...or share her with anyone. I have been letting daddy have baby time. He loves to snuggle her too. I even left her with him while I got groceries. I made sure she was fed, changed and asleep. She was fine...I was not. I cried all the way to the store. I knew they would be alright, but it hurt to be away from her. I knew that I would love her, I just wasn't prepared for the forcefulness of the feelings I have for her. The complexity of the emotions is nearly overwhelming at times.

She is truly a joy. At her 2 week check up she weighed 9lbs 3oz, up from 7lbs 13oz at 3 days old. Amazing!


Monday, November 23, 2009

She's here!!!!

Phoebe Jane made her big debut on Friday November 13th at 4:22pm. She weighed 7lbs 14oz and was 21 inches long. We were hoping for a red head, but she has her daddy's dark brown hair, a full head of it. I was right about her feet, they are soooo big! She has my hands, it's amazing, her little thumbs are mine, in miniature. The same way with her feet, except they are her daddy's. She has his ears too. My lips and chin, his forehead. We spent so much time speculating who she would look like more. It is pretty evenly matched. We find it all very exciting and fascinating. We are so blessed, she is a wonderful, happy baby.


Here she is at 1 week old. Isn't she precious?

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me

Today is my 29th birthday. I don't feel any older than I did when I was 16. I wonder if anyone else feels this way? Some of my friends were beside themselves when they realized that they were almost 30. They acted like it was the end of the world when the DID turn 30. I don't get it. Maybe when I'm pushing 70 I'll feel old.

So far today I've had my cup of spiced chai and breakfast. Now I'm lying on the couch in a cat pile. That's right, a cat pile.



Monkie is lying on  my belly, getting kicked by the baby. Kitty is curled up in the backs of my knees. This is how we keep warm. :D
One more just for fun.



This was my belly yesterday at 35 weeks 1 day. The day that Phoebe finally decided to turn! She has been transverse the entire pregnancy. In fact, she still was when I woke up in the morning. Some time between that and my dr's appointment at 8:45 she turned. When he did the internal exam he pushed on her head for me, so I would know she was head down. I told him I was amazed because not 30 minutes before she was still transverse!
I am excited to be finished and finally get to hold her in my arms. At the same time I don't want it to end. I have really enjoyed being pregnant. I've had such an easy time, I know how lucky I am. It really has been wonderful. I know I will miss it.

Another good thing is that it's Fall. This is, without a doubt, my favorite season. I love the foliage colors, the way the air smells, the chill in the air. Most of all I love it because I get to wear my sweaters again! I can't wear any of them right now, the belly is too big...but I will soon. :)

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Feeling Weird


Only 8 weeks left until she's due!


Not sure how to explain this really. I feel so tired, exhausted really, but antsy at the same time. I want to be up preparing things and cleaning for this impending arrival. But I can only do things for maybe 30 minutes before I'm completely wiped out. I've heard that this is normal, but it is strange.
Not to mention that yesterday all three cats tried to lay on me at the same time. That never happens, so it made me nervous that something was going to happen. Nothing did, I'm fine, Phoebe is fine.

I finished knitting the last of the gifts for Dana's baby girl yesterday. Now I just need to get it all boxed up and shipped to her. Maybe I'll do that sometime next week. I found the cutest child's sweater pattern on Ravelry this morning. It's called Cardigan for Merry. It is an adaptation of an adult sweater, A Cardigan for Arwen. Yes, I'm dorky enough to want us to have matching sweaters. :P

Oh, my cousin's son weighed 7lbs 11oz and was 19 1/2 inches long. He just looked so big because he has chubby cheeks. They are home and both doing well. :)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Belly Shot


I forgot to include a pic in the last post. So, here I am at 30 weeks.

Wow

Is it really September already? Where has the summer gone? Oh, I know...I've been so wrapped up in my cocoon of pregnancy that I didn't notice! :D

I only have 10 weeks left until Phoebe is due. I feel like we aren't ready. The crib still needs sanded and painted, then we need to buy the mattress. My mom still has the dresser and rocking chair for me.

I have the baby's bag packed for the hospital, but not mine. I need to get a going home outfit for myself. I'm thinking a terry cloth track suit sounds nice and comfy. My friend Amber gave me a bag full of things for the hospital at the baby shower. She said they were all the things that she wished she had had when she gave birth. It has things like a word search book, gum, candy, slippers, and a toiletries bag full of samples. It was so kind and thoughtful of her.

Last night we had the last of the childbirth classes. I think DH learned a lot. It didn't help his nerves though, which was why I wanted him to go in the first place. I also registered to take the breast feeding class taught by the lactation consultant. Hopefully it will be just as informative.

My cousin gave birth to her son yesterday, she was due on Friday. He's a BIG boy. I'm not sure yet how much he weighs, but he looks huge!

I have so many friends that are pregnant now. It's so exciting! I wish I lived closer to them. It would be so fun to have play dates and to get their advice on everything. I'm a first timer, the rest of them all have other children. Oh well, I guess I just have to be content with Facebook. LOL

Sunday, August 16, 2009

3rd Trimester

I am officially in the third trimester now! Seven months along. My, it's going fast. I didn't think it was at first. It didn't feel slow, but it didn't feel fast either. I feel like the whole second trimester went by in a blur. People tell me I'm on the downhill slope now, that it will really go by fast. I hope not. I'm enjoying pregnancy. It really has been nice, for the most part. Only a couple little things I can really complain about, but don't really want to because everything else has been great.

The baby is getting bigger and stronger. She has a spot that she likes to punch over and over again. It's sore all the time. It must be bruised, because it hurts. She likes to pull her legs up to her chest then stretch them out really far. I do believe she's got my big feet. Poor kid. She is still hanging out low, right between my hip bones with her head by my left hip. She keeps her back toward mine most of the time. Occasionally she'll roll over the other way. When she does I rub her back. I think it puts her to sleep. Aww...

I've been taking the childbirth classes offered by the hospital. So far we are learning a few things. Some things I knew from reading, most DH is just learning. He's been great about going with me and being supportive. I'm still trying to convince him to be in the delivery room. He's very squeamish and is afraid he'll pass out. So he says he'd rather do it old school...He'll sit in the waiting room passing out cigars. Dork, he doesn't even smoke. LOL

I've also begun knitting again. Just a little bit. I have two gifts made for Dana's baby. One is a girl gift and one is a boy. She doesn't know yet what it is. So, when she knows for sure I can make a couple other little things to go with each gift. I've also started a sweater vest for Phoebe. It's so stinking cute!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Can't do it


I can't clean the bathtub anymore. The belly is in the way. I can't lean over to scrub it while in the shower either cause I'll tip over. Nor can I get on my knees to scrub. ~sigh~ The hubs is just going to have to take over that chore from now on.

I wonder how long it will be until I can no longer carry a laundry basket. I have the kind with the u-shaped cut out to fit on your hip...Hmm...

Phoebe is getting very strong. She can already kick so hard it makes my whole belly move. I wonder if she'll be a rib breaker? She really enjoys music. So almost all day today we have been rocking. She seems to be a big fan of U2, Ben Folds, Cake, The Police and anything with lots of bass. Yep, she's definitely her father's spawn. LOL

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Get up & get moving

How many times a day do you hear that? From fitness gurus to commercials for workout videos to PSAs for kids. I hear it quite a bit. Now that I'm not completely exhausted anymore I was starting to feel like I should probably just get up and well, get moving. I hadn't exercised at all since March.

Unless you count cutting the grass once a week with an old fashioned push reel mower. Actually I hadn't done that in a few weeks either. Now that it is hot out and my belly is growing my DH doesn't want me cutting the grass. He hired a lawn care service to do it for us instead. He can't use the mower I bought, it's too small, even with the handle extended all the way, he has to bend over to push it. Not good.

So...yesterday I walked. I have a leslie Sansone video with 3 miles on it. I only did 1 mile. I know I shouldn't over do it. So I'll just do 1 mile for a week, maybe two before I move on to the 2 mile walk. I feel good. A smidge sore, but still good. I did it today too. I'm going to try to do this every week day and take the weekends off. I want to stay in shape. Yes, I know round is a shape. You know what I mean though. I don't want to gain too much before Phoebe is born.

I've never been one to really exercise a lot. I've always been small, so never saw the need. I used to get plenty of my exercise from marching band. That consisted of cardio, weight lifting, endurance training and breathing workouts. I played tuba, so I got a tremendous workout every day! LOL

So, here's hoping I can keep it up and stay healthy. :D

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Things I'm learning

I've always enjoyed learning new things. It's one of the best things my DH and I share, we love learning. I'm learning a lot right now!

It's amazing what the pregnant body can do. How mind blowing is it that there is a person growing in my womb? She's moving a lot. It feels like she is doing gymnastics. Yep, got a little Mary Lou in there. Every time I feel even the tiniest of movements I stop what I'm doing just to enjoy it. I love watching my belly move when she kicks or turns or punches me. I hear that I won't be loving it in a couple months, but I think I will anyway. ;)

I'm learning that I can't move as quickly as I'm accustomed to. I am a fast walker, a fast worker...I don't move slowly. But now I have to. I can't walk fast anymore because I'm already starting to waddle. :D I can't work fast because I get tired easily. I'm learning that I have to work a little while, then rest. It's made a difference in housework for me. I typically clean the whole house at once. Can't do that anymore.

I'm also learning that I truly love being pregnant. It's probably the most wonderful thing ever so far. I'm just thrilled and amazed, I know I've said that already, at what is happening in my body. God truly makes miracles happen.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Not sure what to call this

You know how sometimes you just KNOW something? I've known since I was a little kid that I wanted to be a mom. Not just a mom, a good mom. I'd like to be great, but don't want to put too much pressure on myself. ;) I went to college, but didn't enjoy it. In fact, I didn't even graduate in the major I studied. I intended to be a music teacher, then realized that I actually didn't want to be a teacher. So I took a general studies bachelors degree to graduate. Somewhere along the line it occurred to me that I just wanted to be a wife and mother. Sounds wonderful doesn't it?
I can't imagine doing anything else. I'm so thankful that I have the chance to be just that.

The first week that my husband and I dated we talked about children. It was so important to me that I didn't want to spend time getting to know someone and possibly fall in love, if he didn't want them. Thankfully he did. (does?) I wanted a large family, maybe 6 kids. He, being the practical man that he is, worries how we will be able to feed that many. So he's thinking more along the lines of just 2. We'll see how it works out.

Now that I am pregnant with our first child I feel like I'm in Heaven. Really. It's been such an easy pregnancy so far. No morning sickness, not once! I'm not having any complications. It's really just been a dream. Every time she moves I stop what I'm doing and just enjoy it. It makes me grin from ear to ear. I talk to her, play music for her. I even let the cats sit on my lap and purr so that she will recognize the sound and not be afraid of them. She likes that a lot. I can feel her roll toward them and kick at them. :D

So, here's to embarking on a new journey through life!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Ch-Ch-Changes!

I've decided to change up the blog a little bit. Partly because my priorities are changing and partly because I have lost my knitting mojo. I'm trying to work on a couple little things, but just don't really enjoy it right now. I know it's probably just because I'm pregnant, but it makes me a little sad anyway. I've never enjoyed something so much as knitting. Oh well, this too shall pass.

So, my mind just went completely blank. I had a whole new post about being pregnant and loving it...but it was just eaten by my preggo brain. Lot's of things seem to get eaten like that these days. Maybe I'll remember what I wanted to say tomorrow.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Guess What?

It's a Girl!

http://vimeo.com/5236274

Thursday, May 14, 2009

A little experiment

I put the project on bamboo needles to see how my hands would feel.

The verdict is:

It's the yarn, not the needles! I don't typically use acrylic yarn because it makes me itch. It has never done this to my hands before. I suppose it's because I'm pregnant and my body chemistry has changed.

I'll donate this yarn to my friend Melissa, since she likes this brand so much. We're always trading yarns back and forth. ;)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Meh

I haven't felt much like knitting lately. Blasphemy, I know! I'm chalking it up to pregnancy fatigue. The fatigue is going away, some days are better than others.

I started a baby blanket, but I really didn't like the way it looked, so I frogged it. I decided to do the Baby Blocks by Ann Norling, that I've made four times now. It doesn't look right either. I think it must be the yarn. I got several skeins of Caron Simply Soft Eco, it's partially recycled plastic bottles. It just isn't knitting up well. Maybe I'm just being picky. I don't know.

Oh, and how's this for something weird? The skin is peeling off my fingers where I hold my knitting needles. I think it's because they are metal, I have a sensitivity to nickle, but it's never bothered my hands before. Gross.

I now have two good friends who are pregnant! I wish we lived close to each other. One is in GA, the other in VA. Maybe I'll get some inspiration to knit things for their wee ones.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Well

I have to apologize for my prolonged absence. I've been distracted, with good reason.

I found out last month that I am pregnant!

I've not been up to knitting or much else for a while. Some of my energy is returning, so hopefully I can get back to it. ;)

I've found an incredibly beautiful baby blanket pattern. So...maybe I'll get it made before the "Passenger" makes it's debut. That's what my dh is referring to the baby as, the Passenger. He's such a dork. LOL

Monday, March 9, 2009

Stretchy Monkies for Sarah Jane


I had been holding off on posting until Sarah got her socks in the mail. She got them today, so here you go interwebs.


These were made with Patons Stretch sock yarn. I've never used yarn with elastic in it. It was very weird for me. Truthfully, it felt funny. It didn't slide easily over my fingers or the needles. I'm a tight knitter, but was afraid to pull it too tight. I thought I might be pulling the elastic to the breaking point.

All is well that ends well....
They fit! She loves them. I'm so relieved. I'm glad you like them Sarah. If you want to show them off, feel free. ;P


Monday, February 23, 2009

Evangeline


Sunday, February 15, 2009

Finished

I finished the Evangelines today. I'm quite happy with the result. Although, I need more practice switching from one color to another. There are a couple wonky spots.

I'm still holding off on finishing Cassidy. I'm just not feeling it right now. Any one else ever feel that way? I know for sock knitters it's called Second Sock Syndrome. What is it called for sweaters? Hmm, not sure.

I'm gonna start another pair of socks. What can I say, it's my thing. I love them. I'll be trying out the Paton's Stretch sock yarn. It's got elastic in it, I'll let you know what I think.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Sidelined by injury(ies)

As you may well know, I'm clumsy. I don't think clumsy is a good enough adjective to describe me though. I'm an injury waiting to happen, a disaster magnet. Seriously, if there is anything that could possibly happen to hurt you, it will or has happened to me. Case in point:
I have now fallen down 2 flights of outside stairs, on separate occasions.
I broke my leg in elementary school gym class.
I have broken both pinkie toes on numerous occasions, both are now crooked.
I can't walk across a flat surface without tripping.

Worst of all has been the most recent event. I cut my index finger and thumb, on the same hand, trying to wash the grater attachment for my food processor. You know, if you turn it one side up it grates and the other side up it slices, right? Well the slicer blade got me. It is horribly bad on my thumb. Probably should have gone to get a couple stitches. It's really, really deep. That freaking blade was SHARP! Word to the wise kids, be careful!

As the title says, I was sidelined. I did this on Monday and couldn't pick up the knitting needles until last night. No, it isn't healed yet, not even close. It's just not as sore. I can deal with the discomfort of holding the needles now. That's right, pain is good! I'm so hardcore, yeah right. LOL

I decided to make myself a pair of Evangeline mitts. I didn't want the short or the long version. So I'm going with one in between. I have 5 total repeats of the cable pattern. I'm also making them two colors. I have leftover Shine from the Cassidy sweater and two balls of Shine in a different color. I had ordered them a couple years ago, but hadn't made a thing with them yet. Exciting, isn't it?

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Mullet


Remember the glory days of the mullet? Billy Ray, Tim McGraw, even Hulk Hogan...
In case you didn't know the mullet is back.

That's right Abby is rockin' the mullet!











Sunday

Another lazy Sunday afternoon is upon me. This time with sunshine!

I've been reunited with a dear friend. She was my very best friend in the whole wide world, when we were ten. I lived in Georgia then, she was the best. Amazing really. We kept in touch for a few years after I moved back to WV, but lost touch in high school. When I was in college I was inspired to contact her again. We e-mailed for a while, but then life got in the way. She has three little boys and got rather busy. ;)
I was overjoyed to receive a letter from her yesterday! I have really missed her. Sarah Jane, if you read this...I'm so glad you're back!

My knitting is, well hibernating. I'm kinda nervous about seaming this sweater together. I've seamed up the sides to the arm holes. I am ready to seam the shoulders and then sew on the sleeves. Thanks again to Melissa for sharing the tutorials with me. She really is my Ambassador of Quam. So, I will attempt it this week. I just want to be done with this project already.

I spent a couple days with my family in WV this week. Finally gave them their Christmas presents. I made socks for my mom and brother. They both loved them. Although my mom told me the wrong size for my brother, so his socks are enormous! He'll just wear them as slippers over another pair of socks. His oldest daughter, Hannah loved them too. She said, "Aunt Tiffi, you need to make me a pair of socks because my feet are cold. You can make them purple and green and white. They will match my coat." She just turned four and thinks she's the coolest thing in the world. She is, of course, in case you didn't know. :P So, now my mission is to find purple, green and white sock yarn. Maybe I can get Melissa to dye some for me. Hmm...

Monday, February 2, 2009

Dear Knitting


I am sorry. I have neglected you. I've put you aside for another hobby.




It's been a couple years, so I decided it was time I made a quilt. This is only the top. I need to add borders. Then find a backing, sandwich the batting in the middle and hand quilt it.










I promise I will get back to you, knitting. We had some good times, like last night. I learned the mattress stitch to sew together Cassidy.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

It's Alive!

Yep, Cassidy lives again!
I had to get a new size 7 circular before I could continue. So, with that done, i am rocking along with the right front panel. Just have that, the sleeves and the hood left to do. Then I get to seam it all together. Ugh, not very good at that part yet. Maybe I will be by the time I'm finished with this...

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Fingerless Mitts

I knit a pair of mitts today. The pattern is Evangeline.
They were so quick and easy. I only made the wrist length, they are for a friend's daughter, who is only 11. I think I may make the elbow length for myself.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Another Photo Post




Cassidy


Fetching







































Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sock-aholic

Ok, I admit it. In fact I may have admitted this before. I love knitting socks! This time I'm trying to wing it. I have two hanks of Happy Feet I bought months ago. I had planned to make the hub's first pair of socks from them. That didn't happen, so I'm using them now.

I also made a pair of fingerless gloves for a friend's daughter. I made a scarf for her dad and she absconded with it. So I've made her a gift so she'll give her dad his scarf back.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Contest

I stumbled upon a contest via another blog. Perversia from Ravelry linked to the contest. Justine is running the contest on her new blog.
Post a comment about your favorite literary character, and why that character is your favorite. I read a few of the comments and there have been some interesting replies.
Oh, if you do pop over and leave a comment, would you mind mentioning that you got there from here? Thanks!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Pictures

My kittehs.







































The new Digs.
















The hubs and his new girlfriend.

Hedgerow Socks




Finished them about 10 minutes ago! I do like the pattern, except for the round toe. I think next time I'll just graft the toe.






Saturday, January 3, 2009

More socks

I started the Hedgerow socks on Christmas Day. It's a pretty quick knit. I've enjoyed it so far. Just finished the first sock. I'm using Knit Picks Essential Tweed in Lumberjack, a dark green. I must say I love this yarn. It is sooooo soft. It feels nice in my hands so I think it will feel good on my feet.

I'm still unpacking and getting settled so I hadn't picked up the knitting since Christmas Day, until last night. It felt good to get back to it. I was having withdrawal symptoms, shakes, jitters, nervous twitching...you get the idea. LOL